Palitana Jain Temple
Palitana is a Religious Jain city, Bhavnagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It’s located 50 km South-West of Bhavnagar city and is a major pilgrimage centre for Jains Palitana city Population is 52.000 something and people language knowledge is English,hindi and gujarati , you have visit this temple to best time is octomber to march It’s a part of the Saurashtra region famed for its spectacular temple sites, cities, beautiful beaches, and wildlife.
History of Palitana jain temple:-
Palitana people call the following encounters myths some give facts and some believes them which lives in the heart of every follower of Jainism. Four myths in this jain temple. First The moolnayak murti-Lord Adinath’s idol breathed 7 times, when it was first placed over there.second is A layer of silver gets accumalated on idol every night and that serve as the priest’s fees rather gift from god.Third is A small idol of Lord Suparshvanath Swami around 10″ used to fly everynight from one of near by temple to Lord Adinath`s Palm.Last is There is only and only one tree in the entire Temple Campus below which it is believed to hide the jewels, pearls, relics and other ornaments of time before humans
Palitana town is considered by many Jains to be more important than the temple covered hills of Jharkhand(Utter Pradesh), Mt Abu (Rajshthan) and Girnar(Gujarat).,Palitana was the capital of a princely state of the Gohil Rajput clan. For the Svetambar Jains.shetrunjay is the earliest and, next to Sammet Shikhar in Bihar The Palitana temples are considered the most sacred pilgrimage place (tirtha) by the Jain community. There are more than 1250 temples located on the Shetrunjaya hills. No one is allowed to sleep overnight including the priest, because the temple city has been built as an abode for the Gods. A recently concluded count reveals that there are a total of more than 27,000 idols of jain god on this mountain alone
Shetrunjaya Hill also offers a Beautiful view of the surrounding scenery. From here you can also see the biggest irrigation project in Saurashtra. The waters of the flowing Shetrunjaya river are said to confer merit in the bather as well as cure various diseases.The main temple on top of the hill, is dedicated to 1st tirthankar lord Adinath (Rishabdeva). On the top the Shetrunjaya Hill is a cluster of Jain temples ( 873temples ), built by generations of Jains over a period of 900 years, from the 11th century onwards. However, destroyed by the Muslim invasions in 14th and 15th centuries, the temples were built anew in 1500. The temples are managed by the Anandji Kalyanji Trust of the Kasturbai Lalbhai group
From the foot of the hill to the top there are 3,800 and odd stone steps cut to facilitate climbing. For pilgrims visiting of foot there are three Circumambulatory Routes. The shortest leads round the temples along the outer wall; the other follows the foot of the mountain. The third, about forty kilometres long, frequents en route five temple sites where pilgrims may stay overnight before continuing their holy walk. The major event of the year takes place on the day of the full moon in the month of Phalgun (Feb./March) when some ten thousands of pilgrims go round the Shetrunjaya hill, the ‘Lord of Peaks’